The following are Project Play materials produced by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program. Most of the reports capture and aggregate key findings and insights on topics tied to the landscape of youth sports in Baltimore and more broadly through our roundtables, where 300+ leaders have shared and shaped ideas on how to get all children active through sports. In sum, the reports offer a deep dive on the contemporary barriers and opportunities facing stakeholders.
Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game
Over two years, Project Play convened 300+ thought leaders in a series of roundtables, identifying ways to get and keep all children through age 12 active through sports. This 50-page report, released in January 2015, aggregates the eight most promising strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game is a unifying document, collecting in one place the best opportunities for stakeholders—from sport leaders to mayors, parents to policymakers—to work together to grow access to an early, positive sport experience. (Website here; hard copy here)
State of Play: 2016
Our first annual report on how well stakeholders are serving children and communities through youth sports offers grades, the latest data on participation rates, exclusive insights, and 50+ key developments in the past year in each of the areas of opportunity identified in our seminal 2015 report Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game. The report also identifies next steps in building the movement to make sport accessible and affordable to all. Report released in June 2016.